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government as well. guest: years ago when he met with hamid karzai at a dinner, someone said to him, mr. president, how are you going to address this problem of corruption? in fact, he said, what problem? joe biden, famously -- dinner was over -- he threw his napkin down and said, this dinner is over, and walked out. nothing has happened to defrost his relations with president karzai. both biden and richard holbrooke have terrible relations with karzai. host: james traub is with us to talk about the influence of joe biden. republicans, 202-737-0001. democrats, 202-737-0002. independents, 202-628-0205. you can send us an e-mail or tweet us at. next phone call. caller: i think our president is doing very well. if we wanted joe biden as president, he would be president. i like the idea that our president is intelligent. he is not a puppet, like the last eight years. i think he is doing what he is supposed to be doing. host: james traub? guest: i guess i would agree, in general. he believes he could be a good president. i believe this is almost a desirable alternative. he is a very knowledg
there be a second runoff. thereby, and taking the initial count down under 50% and having president karzai except that, which was a good step for afghanistan. the runoff never happened, but at least the ecc was able to maintain its independence and show that the rule of law does matter to some degree in afghanistan. with that, let me briefly introduced are three distinguished speakers and turn it over to them to speak just for a few minutes, no more than 10 minutes each. to my far left is scott worden. he has just returned to the institute here. he was on a leave of absence last year to work as one of the three international members of the electoral complaints commission. scott was also involved in the elections in 2005, the parliament. you have their bios in their -- in front of you. isabel is sitting next to scott wright -- scott's right. she has worked in afghanistan at back in 2005 as a political adviser and knows quite a lot -- knows quite a lot about the afghanistan elections. to my left is a grant kippen. he was the chairman of the ecc both in 2005 and this past year in 2009. but scott and
this week. and karzai raised some eyebrows, it seems, by suggesting reconciliation with taliban leadership. this is by people on the ground, low-level folks, the u.s. working a way to work with those kind of taliban. but in terms of the leadership, does karzai have any international support for this concept? >> absolutely. i don't know, i mean, certainly as far as we're concerned, we weren't raising our eyebrows. that's what we were expecting to hear. because if you want to win against an insurgency, you've got to have strong military force, you've got to put pressure on the insurgents. but ultimately, this is going to be won by political means. you've got to divide the opposition and pull across as many people as possible. and that's going to happen bottom up with the low-level fighters and the middle level fighters and the tribal leaders. >> is that realistic, to think that taliban leaders want a political solution? i mean, do you make that distinguish -- i know the taliban does not equal al qaeda, but is it realistic? >> not for every single one. i think in any insurgency, in any confli
and come over to the government's side. hamid karzai is willing to reconcile is taliban leaders with you the offer is not for anyone in al qaeda. leaders have been pushing for a program to entice militants. they must recognize afghanistan's constitution. >> the taliban are welcome to return to to their own country and work for peace in order for us to be able then to have the u.s. and other forces have the freedom to go back home. >> shannon: nato will conduct an investigation into a strike on a outpost. it was called for yesterday after soldiers fired on u.s. and afghanistan commandos. the afghan soldiers thought the unit was taliban militants and call it an unfortunate incidents. >> world leaders of the international conference on afghanistan agreed to a timetable obscurity duties but other issues remain unresolved. joining us, michael owe o'han lynn. >>> so this idea of reconciling with some of the taliban or inviting them to join the government in what it's trying to do, is it a good idea? >> it's early. we haven't established momentum on the battlefield. once we do, an offer can be
the delegation. we rallied the world behind the administration's new strategy. since then, karzai has been re-elected, a messy election, but it's done. president obama's announced the 30,000 troops you just referred to. and it's a very good time to bring the world back together to reaffirm its support and to move to the next stage, because we're now -- 2010 is going to be a year of heavy implementation. >> is about getting money from these -- >> no, this is not a pledging conference. enough of those for the time being. countries are coming through, the japanese have just quadrupled their aid. we're going to increase our assistance in many ways, but this is about policy. >> now, let's go to afghanistan's attempts to try to get the taliban, at least not the leaders of the taliban, but sort of the rank and file of the taliban reintegrated in some form in the government. is this possible -- we see that every attempt, it feels like one step forward, three steps back at this point. >> let's not confuse two things. reintegration and reconciliation. i know these are complicated words, but reconciliat
with taliban fighters. president hamid karzai said he wants to let militants lay down their weapons and go home, so long as they are not affiliated with al qaeda. karzai spoke in istanbul, turkey, three days before an international conference on afghanistan in london. he said gathering international support was key. >> in the past, this effort by the afghan government did not have the backing or the support of our international partners. this current effort, this renewed effort, i should say, has the backing of our partners, in particular the united states and europe. >> sreenivasan: at the same time, the nato commander in afghanistan said he hopes an influx of troops will force taliban leaders to accept peace. general stanley mcchrystal suggested former taliban could even join the government. he said, "i think any afghans can play a role if they focus on the future, and not the past." also today, nato officials announced two more soldiers-- one british, one norwegian-- have been killed in bombings in afghanistan. the u.s. military will speed up a review of more than 4,300 iraq and afghanistan
today from afghan president hamid karzai and other afghan ministers, but keep in mind, this was a very well-organized complex attack that lasted for five-some hours. in talking to a u.s. official who said while the loss of life was relatively small in comparison to the size and scale of the attack, probably a case of afghan security forces being more lucky than good. there just isn't the capability yet for the afghan security forces to prevent this type of attack. it took several hundred if not several thousand afghan police and military officials to prevent nearly 20 or so taliban insurgents. this fighting lasted nearly all day. they're just not capable yet of preventing these types of attacks. patti ann: conor powell live in campbell afghanistan. thank you. trace: it has been six years since drew pearson's third wife mysteriously drowned in a dry bathtub. today he is heading to court. two of his wives gone. one dead, the other still missing. today a judge will hear what and kathleen savio told people about her fears. can she speak to the court from the grave? next. patti ann: taking
in the strained review from the time of the karzai re-election there until the time of the west point speech. i think it's interesting that he has rallied a majority support now for his decision. of course, the left is not happy, but the left is not happy with president obama over many things from last year. and it was a tough year to rally the base for the election. >> bret: charles? >> if a democratic congress in 2007 and 2008 were to fund the iraq war, which it dispeased led by president bush who was also despised, there is no way in which democratic house and senate will deny obama the funds in the afghan war which democrats insisted year after year after year in the bush years was the good war, the right war and just war. obama took a long time and the fact he deliberated so long indicated how uncomfortable he was with the decision he ultimately took and that was aggravated by the fact immediately as we saw on the clip, immediately after announce ing thing thae i addition he said we're withdrawaling in 18 months. he said it's a hard date. it doesn't mean that everybody leave bus the beginn
the number of civilians and increase the civilian component capability of the karzai government. >> one official says, quote, the attack will be a venged, unquote, but it was the most deadly attack against the cia since the war began, and one said it was the deadliest attack on the embassy since 1993 which killed two agents. >>> two boys who had been missing for 11 years have been found safe, and the mother taken into custody is accused of kidnapping them. this is the picture taken back in 1998. the mother was arrested yesterday in pennsylvania. the boys are now 15 and 17. local authorities say they found them after a social worker became suspicious because of things that they said about their past. the father, i just can't get over it. >> i was listening to a voice message when i turned white as a ghost, is about what i was told. i know i was shaking, too, a little bit. my girlfriend calmed me down. >> the mother says she's a victim of domestic violence and her sons are victims of sexual abuse. police say there is no merit to her claims. her ex-husband says he hopes she spends some tim
they are ready to sign up and support car sky. -- karzai. there is a distinction between the foot soldier and the leaders who gave a safe hache to osama bin laden and al qaeda from which they launched attacks on this country on 9/11. so he sees the distinction. i don't think it should be lost on you. i think we can look at think with some subtlety between these two. and go after the foot soldiers and try to win them over. and ultimately figure out what to do with the hierarchy as we go up the ladder. now, omar is probably the extreme, the foot soldiers are the other extreme. question is what happens to the others? can they be won over? can they become a part of the political fabric that gates spoke of? and that's i think what we are all trying to figure out. i don't know that we have an answer yet. >> at what point does the 30,000 new troops, the department set up to begin accepting converts, from the taliban, reconciliation sectors, like south america. >> it's not an issue for the department. this is an issue for the government of afghanistan. clearly just reading president karzai's comm
by afghan president hamid karzai is viewed as one of the most corrupt in the world and building the capacity for a functioning government and build up police and military so they can over the course of the next 18 to 24 months take control, take responsibility for the security situation here. julie. >> julie: connor powell, thank you. closer to home now, mexico announcing the capture of an alleged drug lord from a notoriously violent gang south of the bore they are. carlos dell tran l. vechlt a, carrying two guns and ammo and a false driver's license. he was nabbed on wednesday and waiting to disclose his arrest. his older and powerful brother was killed in a shootout with mexican troops. arturo beltran was the reputed treat of the beltran leva cartel. his taking down one of the highest in the mexican government's fight against drug gangs. a plane slides off a runway in germany, and collides in turkey, as we go around the world in 80 seconds. turkey, a passenger train crashing head-on into another train. the collision in northwestern turkey killing one of the engine drivers and injuring at
. those cables show ambassador karl eikenberry was even more worried than previously thought about karzai's leadership. he wrote, "sending additional forces will delay the day when afghans take over and make it difficult if not impossible to bring our people home on a reasonable timetable." >> and white house chief of staff rahm emanuel is under fire on the front page of t"the wall street journal". the paper writes that the president's liberal backers are blaming the chief of staff from a long list of grievances from gitmo to health care. they're directing their anger less at president obama than at rahm emanuel. he says he's the obstacle to the changes they thought mr. obama's election would make. and look at this full page ad moveon is running in "usa today." if people read newspapers in their hard copy form, this might be effective. i don't know if the white house even gets hard copies of newspapers anymore. still, it shows you where this is going. >> they had some problems. we'll move on -- we should mention before we finish here that first read, you've got to check it out. we update
while karzai had to survive while he was being neglected, he is a pashtun. however, he is a peaceful one. his father was a parliamentarian. he himself is not pocketing money, or whatever. host: we're going to let it go there and let john newman reply. guest: i know we are short on time. it is crucial and my son talked to me about all the time how important it is, and the soldiers know that, to treat the local population while group a lot of their medics were training kids from the -- were treating kids from the village who were being hurt by the mortars from the taliban who could not shoot them very well. and we are expanding considerably the civilian effort t. host: how does that compare with vietnam? guest: we suffered in the early years of the war for not having paid attention to that. host: jon newman teaches courses in soviet, chinese, and east asian history. this is his book. you can try to track and online. thanks for being with us this morning. that will about do it for washed -- for "washington journal" this morning. we will be back at 7:00 a.m. eastern tomorro
closed. and also is karzai with his cabinet list and with a stand-off with a new list cabinet and others were rejected in the past week. but the parliament showed no sign of bowing to karzai's wishes. and the house speaker promising a thorough vetting of the candidates. we have gwen joining us. caller: good morning, steve, how are you. host: i am great. caller: happy new year. i am calling as an african-american woman, i want to make a comment. i think that senator reid's comment is onpoint. some people donxunderstand what he is saying. i understand where he is coming from. and that's why the african-american community jumps on his side. because we understand why he is where he's coming from. i do not want o-any republican any other person in america to make this racial, because it's not. what he is saying is so true. and the other point is on the book that anne kornblut wrote, in alabama, we have one female and several gentlemen running for mayor, we have an election on 19th of february. the female came in because of [inaudible], but did you know that she lost the two gentlemen. and
for hamid karzai says the leader is surprised by the rejection of most of his cabinet choices. he will submit new choices for the cabinet but is not clear when that will happen. the rejection will delay efforts to establish a functioning government. >>> president obama ordered 30,000 additional troops into afghanistan this year. will that provide the stability the country needs or trigger an increase in violence? conor powell in kabul with the latest from afghanistan. good to see you, corner. >>> well, shannon, talking to analysts first on the military and on the civilian side there seems to be a broad consensus that the violence will continue to get worse in 2010. that there will be more bloodshed and simply more deaths but 2009 was a record year and there is this fear that this will be a much worse year. general mcchris tollway said before things get better here on the found in afghanistan things will get worse but phrased that as part of the process of improving and stablizing afghanistan. there are more american and international troops and more afghan troops on the way and be
blocked karzai's plan to governor for kabul. she interweaves a very well- written and interestingly a history that is a well-written, well-organized and based on her own research with original sources. a second really important understanding of the country can be gotten from the book "the opium season," which details a year in which he was involved as a -- a subcontractor in u.s.a.i.d. efforts in 2004-2005 to provide alternative livelihood's to draw with a workforce from opium production. it gives a view of the violence, tribal and warlord relations, and moreover, it shows the bureaucratic profiteering and dysfunction that is increasing the complexity and cost of our involvement, not just in war, but in development. a third source, and i think it is outstanding if you want to understand the country is stored, who within weeks after the fall of the taliban locked to kabul in the winter, which is supposed to kill you -- what to kabul in the winter, which is supposed to value and described the bill which experience in a week -- and described that experience in a way in which any develo
: what was ,>syour organization's role in london, withççç karzai there, and happened there? guest: what happened in london, following conflict what happens is a lot of donors get together to talk about where they go next. what happens often is groups of men sit around and talk about priorities and interests that affect women in particular. and rarely are those women's voices included. so often we advocate for women to be on these negotiations and for women's priorities and interests to be represented. in the case of afghanistan, they had a donor conference in london, and okfáwe had groups o afghan women come. and they identified what are afghan3ymwomen's priorities fo reconstruction. and it was useful as the afghanistan çgovernment did no have women xdin these negotiations. and the question was asked, who speaks for afcp' women? there are groups zviçi]ççóof around and geúconvened this group and have them identify their specific priorities for reconstruction and they presented that to the delegate. and told what things were priorities for them and what to keep funded.
the president karzai can't count on parliaments report. most of his nominees expressed discontent with the candidates competence. the "new york times" says 17 were rejected and 17 approved. all but one are currently cabinet ministers the president's office had no comment on friday. they said the news conference would be held today. the effect where is difficult to predict it's he'll try to make recess appointments once the parliament leads for the winter break but there's a deep divide between the president and parliament and could leave a number of ministry as drift under deputy ministers that lack political power. this morning from the "new york times". ellen from sunnyville new york. is yemen the new front on terrorism? caller: absolutely. this president and e reck holder don't get it. they're going into more, al qaeda is going into regions where they understand this president won't do anything to the countries that don't have the capabilities we have and nobody is talking about the fact that this animal, actually was going to kill innocent women and children on an airplane ca
proposed by president karzai. this is the second cabinet he put forward. the international community was hoping for a strong government to prevent ordinary afghans from siding with the taliban. >>> in our top story, clean water, food, shelter, people in the capital city need all of them, of course. one of the most immediate needs is burial space. we should warn you here some of the images you are about to see are very disturbing. as carl penhal reports, people are burying the dead anywhere and any way they can. >> reporter: the stench from a corpse mixes with the smell of sugar cane alcohol. i've just been driving along the -- through the city of port-au-prince and have just come along to men literally digging a hole in the ground to bury one of their loved ones. they're passing around a bottle of alcohol and say that first of all we should tip the alcohol in the ground. that's for the spirits of their loved ones. >> we went to a funeral place, they ain't got no more room. they throw the body away. we picked up the body and came down with the body and try to dig a hole so we can make
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